*This is a collaborative post with Time4Sleep – We were sent a hamper of goodies to help us with this post and all thoughts/views etc are my own*
“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty. I’ve got whosits and whatsits galore…”
Our children have so much stuff these days. They often don’t have time to be bored. With the number of adverts aimed at convincing our youngsters that they need the latest pile of plastic tat, it’s not hard to get sucked in. If all their friends have got something, nobody wants their child to be the odd one out. But sometimes it’s nice to step back and make sure they know how to be kids and just enjoy their childhood.
We were recently invited to build a fort as part – something that we often do anyway so of course we accepted. Time4Sleep, a bed and furniture company, is aiming to build the biggest blanket fort this August. The event will take place on August 29th in Leeds, with the hopes of breaking the current world record.
Ahead of this, Time4Sleep are encouraging family bloggers to build their dens and forts at home and inspire others to take part.
If you are a regular reader, you would have seen the above and below images before. These are a couple of our woodland dens. We are very lucky to live close by to a beautiful country park and one of the woodland areas is filed with long branches and clearings in the trees, specifically for den building. It’s one of our favourite ways to spend time there and the kids absolutely love climbing the trees, dragging the logs, hunting for bugs and using their imagination in all kinds of crazy ways.
As well as den building in the woods, we have our own teepee in the garden which gets a lot of use in the summer. It looks lovely dressed up in fairy lights in the evenings.
Den building is a fantastic activity for children. It fires up their imagination and the space can become anything they want it to be. It is also a great way of letting them learn to problem solve and work as a team. Finding the right materials for their fort, the best wat to attach items and create structure – all of these things work toward building their life skills.
To take part in this fort building challenge, we were sent some goodies from Time4Sleep to help us create a fun space as well as some other things to enjoy once we were in there. From sheets to pegs to popcorn to fairy lights.
We had already decided we were going to have a movie night. This plays a part in the fort making decisions as it needed to be open on one side so that we could see the TV.
I had considered tying some string across the room and pegging a blanket on but my kids are hooligans and would have probably ripped a shelf off the wall – so instead we decided to use our dining table as the main structure.
The kids brought down their pillows from their beds and Dexter set to work threading the bunting for decoration.
We draped the sheets over the top of the table to enclose the sides and then pegged the fairy lights and bunting along the top. In went, the pillows and a blanket and Liam created a popcorn masterpiece for us all.
He popped the corn in a large lidded saucepan first with a glug of oil. He then made a mixture of golden syrup, brown sugar and butter which he heated to melting point and then poured over the ready popped corn, shaking it and mixing it for an even coating. Scrummy.
They loved their individual potion boxes and settled into their fort together to flick through their new blanket for book and watch the movie.
We’ve always loved den building with our kids – whether we’re doing it to just chill in, or encouraging their development and imagination. Absolutely anything goes when it comes to these creative structures and you almost never have to spend any money to do it.
You can use anything you have lying around from boxes, blankets, towels, bedding, camouflage netting, tent poles, sticks, string, tape, beanbags, cushions, and so much more. Even just putting two chairs back to back and chucking a blanket over them will fill your kids with excitement.
This wasn’t the first fort we’ve ever built and it certainly won’t be the last. Thank you to Time4Sleep for choosing us to take part and sending us a wonderful box of goodies to use.